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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Tangent Edna Valley Albarino 2009
Tangent Edna Valley Albarino 2009
(search item no. 110683)
screw cap wine
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage of Albariño is again much like one from its homeland of Spain; it has a briny, somewhat salty character. It is a bit floral, and has a mineral, wet stone nose. It tastes fresh and crisp, of tangerine zest and mandarin oranges, and has a honeyed richness along with nice acid balance. It is full-bodied, but with a soft mouthfeel, and finishes with the flavor of grapefruit. This wine is definitely the most versatile wine in the world with any kind of fish. I especially like it with sautéed scallops.
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About Tangent:

Welcome to tangent, where pure flavor and alternative varietals intersect. And that’s not just an intriguing marketing phrase. Well, it is, but we really mean it. We start with grapes of intense varietal character, grown in the cool, temperate Edna Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant works his magic, and we ultimately bottle fresh, crisp and vibrant white wines. No Chardonnay in sight. Not that we don’t love Chardonnay; we do. An option is always welcome however, especially when it comes to eating. Most food seems to cry out for clean, lively wines with good acid structure. So we set out to find these wines, and realized there are few here in the States. We also found that no California winery was purely focused on alternative whites. And as our family has given us the incredible opportunity to create and manage new projects, we realized we really had something here. Something we could build for now, and for generations in the future. With our access to some of the best cool-climate vineyards – which is where most of these varietals thrive – we thought we’d be nuts not to give it a shot. Whether we’re nuts or not is a matter of personal opinion. But we do believe that tangent wines exemplify true varietal character and there is place for them on any table. We hope you give them a try and let us know what you think.